A member of the dog family similar in looks to the wolf, though considerably smaller in size, with a shorter tail and smaller ears. Its preference for a dry habitat is alluded to in (Isa 35:7) and (Isa 43:20). Numerous passages in the OT refer to the jackal prowling around settlements, and in (Mic 1:8) its characteristic wailing howl is mentioned. According to (Neh 2:13) a well named after the jackal existed outside Jerusalem. Its lair could symbolize a destroyed or deserted settlement (Jer 9:11).

Isa 35:7

7the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp,
the grass shall become reeds and rush ... View more

Isa 43:20

20The wild animals will honor me,
the jackals and the ostriches;
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,

Mic 1:8

The Doom of the Cities of Judah
8For this I will lament and wail;
I will go barefoot and naked;
I will make lamentation like the jackals,
and mourning like the ... View more

Neh 2:13

13I went out by night by the Valley Gate past the Dragon's Spring and to the Dung Gate, and I inspected the walls of Jerusalem that had been broken down and its ... View more

Jer 9:11

11I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins,
a lair of jackals;
and I will make the towns of Judah a desolation,
without inhabitant.

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